Friday, October 6, 2017

Marquee Wax-Poetic

While the interior transformation of the former Pavilion into the new Nitehawk Prospect Park continues the old marquee has become the setting for haikus.

The work of Saint Flashlight, an art installation duo, the poems draw inspiration from movies set in the borough of Brooklyn.






Saint Flashlight

Above photos: copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved.



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.



Friday, September 15, 2017

"Pour One Out for the Pavilion"

On November 1, 2016,from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, Nitehawk Cinemas, the new owner of Park Slope's Pavilion Theater tossed a goodbye party for the old space before closing it for refurbishment. 


The general public was invited to "explore the space" and "peek behind the curtains."


In this photo of the lobby one can still see a bit of the old ornamentation from the original Sanders Theatre 
(opening in 1928).


The upstairs lounge/game room with traces of the original ornamentation.


Just off the lounge, the largest theatre was showing Speedy with Harold Lloyd.


One last view of the Pavilion.


Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.





Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Brooklyn Paramount Reborn

Article in Amplify, by Frankie Victoria , May 11, 2017:


As part of a revival of the historic Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, building owner LIU Brooklyn and Paramount Events Center (PEC) have signed a long-term lease agreement for what will be officially known as the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre.

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From a DNA Info article by Rachel Holliday Smith , May 24, 2017:



"Construction will begin this fall to restore a historic theater on the Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, developers of the project said this week.
The LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, located at Flatbush and Dekalb avenues, will close for two years while the the renovation takes place, according to Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the group behind the Barclays Center, which will be overseeing the project."

On Fridays at 11 am, Cezar Del Valle conducts a walking tour of  the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District for Local Expeditions, with 5 % benefiting the Theatre Historical Society.
Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Slave/Regent Theatre Demolished

Curbed NewYork: "Bed-Stuy's  Slave Theater, a nexus of black culture from 1984 to 1998 and the birthplace of a new wave of political activism in a time of heightened race relations in NYC, is no more."



Brownstoner reports that "the site was almost demolished by mid-December and now all that remains at 1215 Fulton Street is a construction fence, a bit of rubble, an expired stop work order and some construction equipment" 

Before becoming the Slave, it was known as the Regent, one of four Brooklyn theatres listed in the Negro Travelers Greenbook for 1938.

From the New York Age, one of the most influential black newspapers of its time: 

February 19, 1938: 
"Heralded to be one of the best all-Negro pictures, which the screen has ever produced, the million dollar production. 'Life Goes On,' comes to the Regent Theatre, Fulton street and Bedford avenue, Brooklyn, this week. And that is information.

But believe it or not, Louise Beavers, beloved Queen of Actresses of the race, will appear on the stage of the Regent in person for seven whole days. That is sensational news."  


October 7, 1939:
"With flying banners, martial tread and the stirring music of fife and drum five hundred Negro scouts will parade the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area Saturday morning, October 21, when the Brooklyn Office of the New York Age and the management of the Regent Theatre, Fulton street and Bedford avenue, play host to members of Scout troops in the uptown sector. 

"A picture presentation which is sure to delight Brooklyn scouts will be the main feature on the program, it was announced by theatre manager Benjamin F. Resnick. The main flicker will be the refreshingly comical 'Out West with the Hardys' featuring Mickey Rooney and the nationally famed Hardy family."

Life Goes On 


Louise Beavers  

Out West with the Hardys


Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn Tour for Local Expeditions

The Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District walking tour for Local Expeditions


Cezar Del Valle with tour-goer Robert Cornfield in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on January 28 walk.
Photo copyright Betty Sword, all rights reserved

Tours taking place Saturdays, February 11 and 18,  at 11am


On February 24, walks move to Fridays at 11am. 



Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

AboutMe

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